Life Writings of Hans Jensen Hals : Born in the Town and Parish of Hals the 24 June 1829, Aalborg County, in Denmark
Exact publication date unknown. Published sometime during the 1950's.
April 1865 to November 26, 1910. Jensen is called on a mission to Denmark. He travels from Manti, Utah to Copenhagen, Denmark by wagon, train, and boat. He settles in Aalborg, where he heads the local congregation. Jensen performs baptisms, excommunications, and marriages, while overseeing the yearly immigration to Utah. After eight months, he returns to America, leading a portion of the Holman Company across the Plains. Summary of 1868-1871. When the diary resumes, he is called to raise money for the poor in Scandinavia through a speaking tour. Summary of 1873-1888. Jensen is arrested for cohabitation. Because his last marriage was twenty-nine years before, he only receives a five-month sentence. He serves his time in the state penitentiary, describing prison life and visiting with George Q. Cannon. While imprisoned, his son is murdered, a terrible blow to Jensen. He is overjoyed to be released and returns to a hero's welcome. Summary 1889-1901. Jensen serves a mission to Manassa, Colorado, visiting his brother and Scandinavian immigrants. After a short time, he returns to Manti before undertaking a trip to Oregon to visit his son. Restless, Jensen travels to Los Angeles and Pasadena. He is impressed the both cities' wealth and beauty. Upon his return, he is invited to a Scandinavian reunion by Anthon Lund, where Jensen receives a pension for the First Schleswig War, which greatly pleases him. As the journal ends, he raises money for his brother in Manassa and sends his wife Maria to Los Angeles to rebuild her health.